Better Together
  • “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” – Stephen Covey

  • "Diversity in all its forms is the path to greatness." — James D. Wilson

     

  • In Deerfield Public Schools District 109, we believe we are better together.

    It's right in the vision established by our Board of Education:

    We will develop each student to be emotionally resilient, socially skilled, and academically prepared by forging connections within, across, and beyond our classrooms, and by embracing each student's uniqueness.  

    The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in District 109, made up of teachers, administrators, and community members, was formed in September 2020. In the spring of 2021, the committee surveyed families, teachers, and students to gather information regarding school priorities related to the DEI initiative. In the spring of 2022, the district also partnered with Integrated Comprehensive Systems of Equity (ICSE) to complete an equity audit. In August of 2022, the Board of Education adopteda new mission, vision, core values, and a strategic plan that illustrates the district’s commitment to this work.

     Goal 3 of the Strategic Plan reads “District 109 will ensure every student’s unique identity is valued by working towards equitable outcomes in all educational identifiers: general education, advanced learning, special education, Section 504, EL, RtI, co-curriculars, extra-curriculars, etc.” Objectives are as follows: 

    • Create collaborative pathways to co-serve all students.

    • Provide ongoing professional development opportunities in identity development and equity best practices. 

    • Cultivate culturally responsive classrooms by examining curricular and educational materials to ensure inclusion of diverse populations and perspectives.

    • Measure educational access to ensure equitable opportunities for success are available to all students. 

    Core values that specifically reinforce the district’s commitment to the success of every student in every school are as follows:

    •  Committed to inclusive practices that ensure equitable outcomes across educational environments for all students.

    • Embrace people of all identities, races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, abilities, orientations, education levels, national origins, or any other distinguishing characteristics or traits. 

    In the spring of 2023, the committee began working with Dr. Shawn Joseph and Dr. Connie Evelyn to reset and renew its focus. The district recruited new members in the spring to form five DEI advisory sub-committees that convened on August 30, 2023. The five advisories and their charges are laid out below.

  • School Culture

  • Curriculum & Instruction

  • Workforce Diversity

  • Community Relations & Collaboration

  • Policy